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When Colonial Pipeline Co.'s computer files were kidnapped by ransomware attackers last week, the company called the FBI for help. It did not call the top cyber agency at the Department of Homeland Security.
The Biden administration this week issued a new spate of actions to bolster the nation’s cybersecurity, though details of its 100-day plan issued last month to address risks to the U.S. bulk power system (BPS) remain scant.
Following government cyber breaches, the Biden administration issued a cybersecurity order requiring improved protections at government agencies and prompt breach reports from federal computer network and cloud service suppliers.
On this week’s Cyber Report, sponsored by Northrop Grumman, Cyberspace Solarium Commission Executive Director Rear Admiral Mark Montgomery, USN (ret.), deputy Executive Director John Costello join John Cofrancesco of Fortress Information Security to discuss lesson learned and ways forward in the wake of the recent Colonial Pipeline ransomware...
Cyberattacks may seem an abstract threat to many Americans. But the ransomware strike that knocked offline a key gasoline pipeline last week has created concrete problems for drivers in the Southeast as fuel prices creep up and lines form at service stations in affected areas.
Cybersecurity experts say that last week’s ransomware attack against Colonial Pipeline, which led to the ongoing shutdown of the network that carries almost half the supply of gasoline, diesel and other fuel products to the U.S. East Coast, provides a graphic reminder of the rapidly evolving landscape of cyber threats against critical...
A ransomware incident on May 7 that prompted Colonial Pipeline Co., owner of the nation’s largest refined products pipeline, to proactively shut it down underscores the punch cyberthreats can pose to organizations, “regardless of size or sector,” the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has warned.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg pointed to a ransomware attack on a major U.S. pipeline providing energy to much of the East Coast as he suggested funding the country's infrastructure needs amounts to a national security issue.
The Cybersecurity 202: An attack on a critical pipeline highlights the need for stronger ransomware policies
Government officials say they have been working around-the-clock to help mitigate the ramifications of a cyber attack on a major U.S. pipeline, which has sparked concerns about a potential fuel shortage.
The ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline Co. has hit an industry that largely lacks federal cybersecurity oversight, leading to uneven digital defenses against such hacks.
The cyberattack on the biggest fuel pipeline system in the U.S. is a stark reminder that America’s energy infrastructure is a tempting, and vulnerable, target for hackers.
Colonial Pipeline attack spotlights risks of geographically dispersed networks in an industry that is ‘far behind’
A May 7 ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline largely shut down the largest refined products pipeline system in the U.S., demonstrating the atypical cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities faced by organizations with geographically distributed networks.
The Colonial Pipeline, which transports about 45 percent of fuel consumed on the East Coast, shut down over the weekend due to a ransomware attack.
President Biden’s homeland security adviser, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, told reporters Monday afternoon that, despite disruptions created by a ransomware attack on a major U.S. pipeline over the weekend, the White House is not immediately concerned about fuel shortages or major damage to critical infrastructure.
The ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, the largest supplier of oil to the Northeast region of the United States, is underscoring just how vulnerable critical U.S. infrastructure is to cybercriminals in a way no previous attack has done, say U.S. officials and experts in the field.
Industry offers help in addressing ‘sophisticated threats’ facing electric grid for DOE security plan rollout
Industry says understanding “sophisticated threats” that the electricity sector faces will be essential to the Biden administration’s plan to secure industrial control systems and is offering to collaborate with the White House, Energy Department and CISA to make their efforts to secure the grid successful.
The Biden administration is buckling down on cyber threats to U.S. power infrastructure. The Department of Energy (DOE) announced a 100-day plan to help shore up the U.S. electric power system against cyber threats Tuesday.
The Biden administration on Tuesday announced it was kicking off a 100-day plan aimed at protecting the electric grid against cyberattacks.
President Biden's $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan does not include any funds to protect critical infrastructure against cyberattacks, even as the threat grows against targets like the electric grid.
State of the Electric Utility 2021: Utilities’ cybersecurity approach shows cause for concern, experts say
Power companies are more focused than ever on cybersecurity, and experts say results of Utility Dive's 8th annual State of the Electric Utility (SEU) survey show an industry working to better secure the grid. But they also say the responses reveal cause for concern — including the potential for misplaced utility efforts and under-investment in...
President Biden on Wednesday announced a $2 trillion infrastructure plan, offering a broad range of spending targets – including fixing roads and bridges, planting a nationwide electric vehicle charging network, greening the power grid, and rebuilding schools. Cybersecurity was not specifically mentioned as part of the infrastructure plan, but...
The Cybersecurity 202: Here’s how Biden’s infrastructure package could address electric grid cybersecurity
President Biden unveiled a $2 trillion-dollar jobs and infrastructure plan today, Jeff Stein, Juliet Eilperin and Michael Laris report. The plan includes at least at least $100 billion for a variety of infrastructure priorities, including modernizing the electric power grid.
On this week’s Cyber Report, sponsored by Northrop Grumman, Jim Conroy, the vice president of emerging systems and strategic initiatives at Northrop Grumman’s Navigation, Targeting and Survivability Division, discusses securing the military internet of things and open architecture systems, and Andrea Schaumann, the federal operations deputy at...
After two major hearings on Solarigate, one domestic policy proposal grabbed the spotlight: requiring organizations to alert the government to major cyber incidents in the interest of national security. Experts say the idea has merit – if only legislators can balance the promise with the potential liability and burden placed upon industry.
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